Iran to Pay Thousands to Families of Palestinian Attackers
Thu, February 25, 2016
Iranian ambassador to Lebanon Mohammed Fattah Ali
The Iranian ambassador to Lebanon Mohammed Fattah Ali has announced that Iran will pay thousands of dollars to every family who has a member who perpetrates a terrorist attack against Israel.
If the attacker is killed, the family will receive $7,000 from Iran; if the attacker’s house is demolished, the family will receive $30,000.
The current wave of attacks, which began last September and has been dubbed the “Knife Intifada,” has seen 188 stabbing attacks, 75 shootings and 39 vehicular attacks conducted by Palestinians against Israeli civilians and security personnel. To date, 31 Israelis have been killed in those attacks, with 357 wounded.
Ali announced the payments at press conference in Beirut, in which he called for Lebanon to join the fight against Israel, saying, "the martyrs' blood will release the entire Palestine, from the river to the sea"
In a statement, the Israeli Foreign Ministry commented, "This is additional proof of Iran's deep involvement in supporting terror against Israel. After the agreement with the world powers, Iran is allowing itself to continue being a central player in international terror."
Iran has also been involved in funding Hamas and providing the Gaza-based terror group with weapons. In April 2015, it was reported that Iran had transferred tens of millions of dollars to Hamas to rebuilt their network of terror tunnels partially destroyed in 2014 by Israel.
Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon has also said that Iran had embedded "sleeper cells" in the US and Europe, warning that the cells were gathering weapons and intelligence, and recruiting members to carry out terror attacks.
"The Iranian regime through the Iranian Revolutionary Guard corps is building a complex terror infrastructure including sleeping cells that are stockpiling arms, intelligence and operatives and are ready to act on order including in Europe and America," Ya'alon said yesterday on a visit to Cyprus.